A Crisis Within a Crisis

Children are freezing to death as their families flee Idlib, Syria’s last opposition stronghold, The New York Times reports.
 
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has all but claimed victory in the 9-year year conflict as people scramble to escape escalating airstrikes and shelling in Idlib. But nowhere is safe to go, and conditions could worsen as Assad works to reclaim the entire country.
 
In the largest exodus yet in a conflict that has displaced 13 million people, families are squeezed between a sealed Turkish border and the escalating attacks surrounding them.
 
Amid temperatures hovering around 20F, many are forced to sleep outdoors and burn plastic for warmth.
 
As the situation reaches a “horrifying new level,” aid organizations are struggling to keep pace while facing off attacks that have decimated equipment and facilities—and killed staff, NPR Goats and Soda reports.

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